Russia Upset Over Arms Dealer’s Arrest?

By Justin Rood

Apr 11, 2008 4:06pm

Russia has summoned Thailand’s ambassador over his country’s arrest of a Russian believed to be one of the world’s most notorious black-market arms dealers, according to Reuters.

In a joint U.S.-Thai sting, Thai authorities nabbed Bout in Bangkok last month on drug charges. The United States is seeking Bout’s extradition. It has accused Bout of agreeing to supply millions of dollars worth of weaponry to Columbian rebels.

"The ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand…was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry and handed a note in connection with violations of the rights of Russian citizen V.A. Bout who is under arrest in Thailand at the request of the United States," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, the news agency reported.

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